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Posted 24 June 2017 - 08:26 AM

The bride is a friend and knows I'm no pro, and I'm looking for a few tips that might help me avoid screwing it up :) I'm planning on just bringing the 18-55 VRII. Is it best to just go by the Sunny 16 rule? I'll probably keep ISO on auto so I'll just be working with the shutter speed and aperture. it's an outdoor wedding, small gathering so nothing huge. This will be the setting, their back yard overlooking Cape Cod Bay

 

 

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Posted 24 June 2017 - 12:50 PM

Lea, you are a very brave man!  Far braver than me.  

 

One of Scott Kelby's books talks about preparing a shot list, in advance.  Apparently, you can look this up online.  That said, I'm scurrying back under cover!  :)


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Posted 24 June 2017 - 02:34 PM

Having done several weddings over the years and I did a few with my D50 and that exact lens it can be done since you are outside that makes it even easier not having to deal with a dark church.

 

A few tips get the bride and groom to do a photo shoot with you at the site around the same time that the wedding will be this will give you some nice engagement type photos and let you get a good feel of what you are shooting. This will also give you a chance to see how harsh the light will be and if you are shooting into the sun or with it at your back, most likely you will be doing both.

 

Always shoot at the lowest ISO you can if its a sunny day you should have no issues.

 

Don't be afraid to use some fill flash, even though you are outside fill flash can be very effective.

 

Extra battery or two this is almost a must you will be shooting longer than you think so if you don't have one buy one.

 

Look online at some of the standard wedding poses here is a quick one that uses drawings there are others out there.

 

https://digital-phot...ng-photography/

 

Do you have a 50mm f1.8 or something close this makes a nice portrait lens on a DX body it will give you some nice head shots of the bride and you will need several of these as the Bride is the main attraction(sorry guys). Get one with the bride in front and the groom behind a few feet using a f1.8 to f2.8 aperture this will show her and he will be slightly OOF this is always a winner shot. If you don't have one see if you can borrow one from someone. As a last resort buy one they are only around 200$ new and the 50 f1.8G AF-s is a very good lens you might even be able to get one used but this is a must for anyones camera bag so it will not be a waste or a onetime use.  A second choice is the cheap 35 f1.8 G DX this is also around 200 new but doesn't give you as much a portrait look but it will still work.

 

Check your gear the day before and make sure you have a few memory cards and like I said a couple of charged batteries.

 

Last this is a major even and for the most part there is no do overs so take your time and read up. If you know someone with another DSLR preferably a Nikon ask to borrow it as a backup. Another thing can the D3300 shoot both RAW and JPEG is so do both it will fill your card up faster but gives you two options when PP time comes some of the JPEGs will be perfect and you will be able to just send those to the printers or make a disk without have to do much to them.

 

I am sure I will think of more and will post them when I think of them.

 

Oh again practice the poses use friends families and like I said a practice run at the wedding site with the bride and groom if they can not find stand ins this will ease your mind some.

 

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Posted 24 June 2017 - 04:38 PM

Thanks for the tips, yes the D3300 can shoot in both formats, this is a very low key wedding, I don't think they're doing the standard rituals like the bouquete toss etc.. she said they want better photos than an iPhone will give them but they're not expecting pro results, although I'll try.


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Posted 25 June 2017 - 07:47 AM

Having done several weddings over the years and I did a few with my D50 and that exact lens it can be done since you are outside that makes it even easier not having to deal with a dark church.

 

A few tips get the bride and groom to do a photo shoot with you at the site around the same time that the wedding will be this will give you some nice engagement type photos and let you get a good feel of what you are shooting. This will also give you a chance to see how harsh the light will be and if you are shooting into the sun or with it at your back, most likely you will be doing both.

 

Always shoot at the lowest ISO you can if its a sunny day you should have no issues.

 

Don't be afraid to use some fill flash, even though you are outside fill flash can be very effective.

 

Extra battery or two this is almost a must you will be shooting longer than you think so if you don't have one buy one.

 

Look online at some of the standard wedding poses here is a quick one that uses drawings there are others out there.

 

https://digital-phot...ng-photography/

 

Do you have a 50mm f1.8 or something close this makes a nice portrait lens on a DX body it will give you some nice head shots of the bride and you will need several of these as the Bride is the main attraction(sorry guys). Get one with the bride in front and the groom behind a few feet using a f1.8 to f2.8 aperture this will show her and he will be slightly OOF this is always a winner shot. If you don't have one see if you can borrow one from someone. As a last resort buy one they are only around 200$ new and the 50 f1.8G AF-s is a very good lens you might even be able to get one used but this is a must for anyones camera bag so it will not be a waste or a onetime use.  A second choice is the cheap 35 f1.8 G DX this is also around 200 new but doesn't give you as much a portrait look but it will still work.

 

Check your gear the day before and make sure you have a few memory cards and like I said a couple of charged batteries.

 

Last this is a major even and for the most part there is no do overs so take your time and read up. If you know someone with another DSLR preferably a Nikon ask to borrow it as a backup. Another thing can the D3300 shoot both RAW and JPEG is so do both it will fill your card up faster but gives you two options when PP time comes some of the JPEGs will be perfect and you will be able to just send those to the printers or make a disk without have to do much to them.

 

I am sure I will think of more and will post them when I think of them.

 

Oh again practice the poses use friends families and like I said a practice run at the wedding site with the bride and groom if they can not find stand ins this will ease your mind some.

 

Jim

I just ordered a new 50mm 1.8G for $175 shipped, looks like I'll have 8 days to practice with it before the wedding.


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    Right Jazz! :D

Posted 25 June 2017 - 09:12 AM

Great it's a lens you will enjoy and it's great on full frame Nikons as well! It's sharp, fast, light with great contrast and color for under $200 can't beat that.

Beware primes are addictive thought.

Last remember at f1.8 your depth of field is shallow focus on the eyes! Test out how shallow your focus will be it's fun to play around with.

Congrats

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MF Nikkor's 50 f2 Ai, 500 f4 ED Ai-P.

 

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MF Rokinon 85mm f1.4 ASP AE UMC(Ai-P)

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Posted 25 June 2017 - 11:45 AM

I just ordered a new 50mm 1.8G for $175 shipped, looks like I'll have 8 days to practice with it before the wedding.

 

Congrats, Lea.  I have the D model.  As Jim has suggested, nifty fifties work a treat, for both DX and FX formats.  :)


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Posted 25 June 2017 - 12:35 PM

I have the 50mm. I got it sale as well. On my D4, I had to fine tune it. If you don't have time to get the 1.8 down, use F2 at full face, and focus as Jim said. If going profiles or two persons, use F2.8.

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Posted 25 June 2017 - 12:43 PM

You've got more guts than me, Jeff!  Enjoy the new lens and I hope you get some great wedding shots with it.

 

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Posted 25 June 2017 - 03:15 PM

Trust me, if I didn't know these people I wouldn't be doing it  :D  Wedding photography is a responsibility I don't want. 


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Posted 25 June 2017 - 03:51 PM

Good advice all.  Here are my two bits.  

 

I would use an 18-200mm lens. Believe me, a telephoto will make it so much easier for you.  You can stand in one spot and get a multitude of photos.  

 

Use a flash and not the on camera flash, if allowed.

 

Be prepared for the cell phone users, they have no respect for what you are doing.  Telephoto sometimes allows you to get your shot without fighting them off.

 

Go early!   At least an hour or so.  You can check out the environment.  

 

Does the bride want photos in her dressing room?

 

There is a lot more to this wedding photography than just taking good pictures. Have a plan!

If it is not too late--back out.


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Posted 25 June 2017 - 05:26 PM

Good advice all.  Here are my two bits.  

 

I would use an 18-200mm lens. Believe me, a telephoto will make it so much easier for you.  You can stand in one spot and get a multitude of photos.  

 

Use a flash and not the on camera flash, if allowed.

 

Be prepared for the cell phone users, they have no respect for what you are doing.  Telephoto sometimes allows you to get your shot without fighting them off.

 

Go early!   At least an hour or so.  You can check out the environment.  

 

Does the bride want photos in her dressing room?

 

There is a lot more to this wedding photography than just taking good pictures. Have a plan!

If it is not too late--back out.

No dressing room stuff, all outdoors and maybe some indoors later on, it's a low key wedding and a BBQ afterwards.


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Posted 26 June 2017 - 02:12 AM

I'm all-in for the BBQ!

 

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Posted 26 June 2017 - 11:00 AM

Does the bride want photos in her dressing room?

 

There is a lot more to this wedding photography than just taking good pictures. Have a plan!

If it is not too late--back out.

 

Lea, this is what Scott Kelby meant by a shot list.  I still think that you're a braver man than I am.  :)


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Posted 26 June 2017 - 10:39 PM

TIPS?

 

1) Don't shoot weddings.  Failing that:

2) Make sure you have extra; Batteries, a backup camera, extra flash, lots of memory cards and someone to help you.

3) If you have a helper, get a reflector he can hold to throw some extra light, especially some warm light.  Reflectors have those 5:1 arrangements.

4) FILL IN FLASH, FILL IN FLASH, FILL IN FLASH.. especially, outside!  Watch those SHADOWS!!

- what ever you do, don't shoot in the shade without it

5) THE BRIDE is the center piece.  The reason for reason... the ONLY important person at the show.  Get tons of pictures of her, then her and the groom and then the groom.... and THEN... everyone else.

6) Look at what the PROS shoot.  The poses, the backgrounds etc. from inspiration and ideas.

7) I would take a practice run with a friend just to see how your images will turn out on the big day.  Know where you are going!

8) Do you need permits??  Shooting in a park?  Plan ahead.

9) Make sure you go around and shoot the TABLES when everyone is sitting.

10) You can never take enough pictures.  So, take a ton. 

11) Get a Gary Fong.  They are great flash diffusers.

 

OK, my very, very limited experience, this is the best I can tell you.

 

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Posted 27 June 2017 - 11:14 AM

Reiterating what has already been stated...

 

1. Use non-camera flash like an SB-700, SB-800 etc. - not the pop-up one - with a diffuser or tilt the head up and use the built in bounce card.

2. When/if you change lenses take a couple test shots before you get set up to take the important shot.

3. Keep shooting settings simple and use what you are comfortable with (aperture priority, shutter priority, full manual, program, etc) and don't mess with the settings in the middle of the ceremony.

4. Extra batteries, memory cards, etc.



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Posted 27 June 2017 - 03:58 PM

I don't have a flash besides the pop up one  :P I'm going ghetto here, entry level DSLR and a $200 lens. I'm actually looking forward to it. My backup is a Canon Powershot  :D


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Posted 28 June 2017 - 12:35 PM

I don't have a flash besides the pop up one  :P I'm going ghetto here, entry level DSLR and a $200 lens. I'm actually looking forward to it. My backup is a Canon Powershot  :D

 

Lea, in one of his books, Scott Kelby said that you use pop-up flash on people you don't like.  If you want to use some flash without breaking the bank, there are plenty of 3rd party flash guns available.  I use a couple of Yongnuos, but there are other low-cost alternatives as well.  :)

 

Failing that, seriously consider Art's first tip.  :)


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Posted 28 June 2017 - 10:50 PM

Flash everything. I used to set cam on ap. priority, and set lens at 4.5 and shoot. If you are outside, you have to deal with shadows, so flash all shots.

Be aware of back light that lies to your camera. Have bride plan for who she wants in family shots and have her tell them to be there. There is so much to this.

All weddings are different. I quit doing them and I quit counting after 100. Did I say to flash everything?


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